Richland County Veterans

Service Commission

About Us

The Veterans Service Commission (formerly Soldiers Relief Commission) had it’s beginnings on May 19, 1886, when a grateful Ohio Legislature adopted 83 Ohio Veterans Laws, one of which authorized each county to levy a tax for the relief of indigent Union solders, sailors, and marines, and indigent widows and minor children of the deceased.  The law was commonly referred to as the Soldiers Relief Act, because poverty and need continued to exist for widows and veterans of the Civil War long after the last shot was fired!  A hundred plus years and several wars later, the Commissions in Ohio have adjusted and become as sophisticated as necessary to meet the new challenges of veterans and a changed society.  With the advent of the Veterans Administration, the local Commissions have gone beyond the need of only financial assistance, to a very complex system of government benefits that require educated Service Officers in the field of Veterans Law.  We still have financial assistance for veterans and their dependents on an emergency basis.

The demand for aid and assistance in obtaining rightful Federal and State benefits is unending for our thousands of veterans from the previous wars, and the number continues to grow every day as we face the war on terrorism.  Eligible veterans and their widows are a very important responsibility to our local commission, and the Officers and Staff are qualified to meet any veteran’s need.


J Ken Estep

J. Ken Estep is the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  of this Commission.  Ken served in the US Army from May 1968 through December 1969, including a tour in Vietnam.  He is an active life member of American Legion #16 – is Past Post Commander, currently serves as Judge Advocate, and serves on the American Legion District 5 Executive Board.  Ken is Present and Past District 5 American Legion Commander, and in 1994, the National American Legion awarded him Legionnaire of the month.  He is a life member of AMVETS Post 26, life member of VFW Post 9943, member of Voiture 20 40 et 8, trustee at Trinity United Methodist Church, and member of Richland County AFL-CIO.  Ken worked at Ideal Electric, retiring as an inspector after 39 years, worked 10 years as Labor Liaison Officer at Richland County United Way, and has lived in Richland County for over 60 years.

Penni Jordan

Penni M. Jordan is a Service Officer of this Commission.  After serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, Penni retired as a Navy Hospital Corpsman on September 30, 2003.  While serving in the Navy, she was stationed in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, and served 8 of her last 11 years as a U.S. Marine Corpsman.  Before joining the military Penni graduated from Plymouth High School, growing up in Richland County. Shortly after her Navy retirement, Penni graduated from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management. After being away for almost 30 years, she returned to Richland County in 2012.  Penni has been a Service Officer since May 2014, and is a member of the Shelby American Legion.


Duke Kornsuwan is a Service Officer of this Commission.   He has been a Service Officer since August 2019. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, right out of High School in 1987,  and served for 4 years on active duty. His duty stations were Fort Dix, New Jersey, Fort Bliss, Texas, and Bamberg, Germany. After leaving the military, he utilized the Army G.I. Bill, and attended the Police Academy in the State of Florida, and served for 26 years as a Police Officer in the South Florida area, before retiring. The agencies were: 1993-1994 Seminole Police Department, 1994-2014 Lauderhill Police Department, and 2014-2019 Palm Beach County School District Police Department. He then retired from Law Enforcement, moving to Mansfield Ohio in April 2019.


Anita Corwin is a Service Officer of this Commission.   Anita is a native of Mansfield, where she graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1991.  She enlisted in the Navy in 1992, and served more than 17 years active duty as an Aviation Maintenance Administrationman.  She has been stationed in Sigonella, Sicily, Norfolk, VA, Virginia Beach, VA, and Whidbey Island, WA.  She was deployed throughout the US, Europe, and the Middle East, with an extensive resume in various types of aircraft and aircraft components.  After serving in the Navy, she continued supporting the military by working as a government contractor hand-in-hand with military personnel from 2010 to 2015.  At this same time, she attended Saint Leo University where she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Management.  In 2015, she relocated to Wilmington, OH, where she worked as Aircraft Logs and Records Supervisor for Air Transport International (ATI), and decided to further her education by obtaining her Master’s Degree in Project Management from Saint Leo University.  In 2019, she relocated back to Mansfield with her daughter, when she took the position as a county Veteran Service Officer – which allows her to serve veterans in the community where she grew up.

Administrative Staff

Sue Dell

Sue Dell is the Administrative Assistant for the Commission and Secretary to the Executive Director. Sue has been a full time employee since February 1975. She is originally from Marion, Ohio, and has an Associates Degree from North Central Technical College.   She is married with one son, four grandchildren, and is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 3494.


Tauri M. Dell is our Receptionist of this Commission. Tauri is a lifetime Richland County resident and a Madison graduate. She is married and has three children and two cats.

Richard Baker

Richard Baker is one of our Drivers for this Commission. Dick served in the U.S. Navy and has been a driver since 2015.

don mccorkle

Donald “Mac” McCorkle is one of our Drivers for this Commission. Mac served in the U.S. Navy and has been a driver since 2015.


Douglas Theaker

DOUGLAS D. THEAKER is the PRESIDENT of this Commission, representing the AMVETS on the Board.  Doug served in the USNR Ready Reserve from 1953 to 1954, and the US Navy from 1954 to 1956.  He is a member of AMVETS Post #31, American Legion Post #16, Korean War Veterans Association #51, and the Richland County Joint Veterans Council.  He also belongs to Richland County United Way, President of the MOESC Board of Governors, Board Vice-President of Pioneer Career and Technology Center, member of Community Health Access Project, member of the Board of the Out-of-Doors School, and a member of the Ohio School Board Association.  Doug is a retired education administrator, retired Director of Richland County Job and Family Services, and former talk-show host of WMFD’s show “I Love My Job” and “Senior Living”.  He is a lifetime Richland County resident.

Larry Corn

LARRY D. CORN is VICE PRESIDENT of this Commission representing the V.F.W.  Larry began his military career serving in the US Marine Corps from 1968 to 1970, which included a tour in Vietnam.  He continued his military career as a full-time military technician in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1970 to 1995, which included deployment to the Persian Gulf as a procurement officer for a transportation battalion.  He is a member and past Commander of DAV Chapter #21, member of VFW Post #3494, member of the US Marine Corps League, and is Senior Vice Commander of the Richland County Joint Veterans Council.  Larry retired from the military after 27 years, and is retired as the Veterans Business Outreach Specialist by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services at the Richland County One-Stop Employment and Training Center.  He has lived in Richland County for over 30 years.

Dean Krance

DEAN J. KRANCE is the SECRETARY on this Commission representing the Vietnam Veterans of America.  Dean served in the US Army from 1972 to 1974.  He is a life member and Past Commander of American Legion McVey Post #16, life member of AMVETS Post #26, member of Richland County Voiture 20, 40 et 8, and is Secretary of the American Legion State Golf Commission.  Dean is also a two-time Past President of the Mansfield Memorial and Patriotic Association, a member of the Richland-Ashland Chapter Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and a member of the Mansfield Liederkranz.  He was employed at Neer Manufacturing, EGS LLC in Lexington for 30 years, and was a performing musician in the area.  He has lived in Richland County since 1956.

debra robinson

DEBRA S. ROBINSON serves on this Commission representing the D.A.V.   Deb served in the United States Air Forces, 179th Airlift Group as a full-time Active Guard Reserve member from February 1981 until April 2008, retiring as a CMSgt. And Superintendent of Finance.  In 2000, she was selected by the Air National Readiness Center as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Comptroller Advisory Board, serving for 6 years.  She served during “Operation Desert Storm” and later in “Operation Enduring Freedom” in an overseas deployment after “911” from February 2002 until June 2002 as a Deputy Disbursing Agent in Saudi Arabia as part of the “Joint Task Force Southwest Asia”.  Deb is a lifetime Richland County resident.

GARY UTT, Sr. serves on this Commission representing the American Legion.  Gary served in the United States Army.